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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

‘Simone Veil’ group of schools in Colombes, France by Dominique Coulon & associés

 
August 7th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Dominique Coulon & associés

The ‘Simone Veil’ group of schools forms a structural element in the urban composition of the new eco-neighbourhood. It is tightly embedded in the dense urban fabric, opposite a park and straddling the maintenance workshops for the new tram line.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

  • Architects: Dominique Coulon & associés (Dominique Coulon, Olivier Nicollas)
  • Project: ‘Simone Veil’ group of schools
  • Location: 3 rue Marguerite Yourcenar, 92700 Colombes, France
  • Photography: Eugeni Pons, Guillaume Wittmann and David Romero-Uzeda
  • Architects assistants: Guillaume Wittmann, Emilie Brichard, Jean Scherer
  • Engineers and consultants:
    • Structural Engineer: Batiserf Ingénierie
    • Electrical Engineer: BET G.Jost
    • Mechanical Plumbing Engineer: Solares Bauen
    • Cost Estimator: E3 économie
    • Acoustics: Euro Sound Project
    • Ergonomist: Defacto
    • Kitchen expert: Ecotral
    • Landscape: Bruno Kubler
  • Budget: 16 300 000 € H.T
  • Surface: 7600 m2
  • Schedule:
    • Competition: December 2010
    • Plans and technical phases: from march 2011 to july 2012
    • Construction: from january 2013 to august 2015

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

The building is on three levels. The plot of land is small, and the roof areas are used to house the elementary school’s classrooms and educational gardens. The group also includes a sports hall, a canteen, a library, and out-of-school childcare facilities. The building is very thick; the hollows scooped out of the facades serve as facets, attracting the light and reflecting it back. Many of the traffic routes are lateralised, making them varied and bright. A number of patios irrigate the heart of the building, bringing natural light into its thickness. Internal transparencies add extra richness to traffic routes.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

On the town side, the building offers a rustic texture. Strips of untreated wood (with the bark left on) emphasise the corresponding roughness. The ground floor has the advantage of transparency through the covered courtyard, offering a glimpse of the multi-coloured playground, which is intended to be a very autonomous and artificial universe. The bright colours transform the space, expanding it to create a place for educational stimulation.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

This project avoids all form of repetition. The light, the materials used, and the traffic routes create micro-events. These fragments come together in a joyful chaos.

Image Courtesy © David Romero-Uzeda

Image Courtesy © David Romero-Uzeda

Image Courtesy © Guillaume Wittmann

Image Courtesy © Guillaume Wittmann

Image Courtesy © David Romero-Uzeda

Image Courtesy © David Romero-Uzeda

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © David Romero-Uzeda

Image Courtesy © David Romero-Uzeda

Image Courtesy © Guillaume Wittmann

Image Courtesy © Guillaume Wittmann

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

Image Courtesy © Dominique Coulon & associés

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